Colonial Funeral Home

1801 East Red River Street, Victoria, TX


Melvera Fossati

February 23, 1924July 28, 2020

Melvera Fossati, 96, of Victoria passed away July 28, 2020. She was born February 23, 1924 in Victoria to Herman and Lydia Jank Schrader. She was a member of The Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory in Victoria. Mom married the love of her life, our dad, Frank “Potts” Fossati on November 27, 1941. They lived a long beautiful life together for almost 75 years. Through those years, her first priority was creating a loving home for Daddy and us 7 kids. She loved to cook and her food was the best, especially her pecan pie. She made beautiful clothes for her daughters. She did work outside the home a few years managing St. Joseph School cafeteria, the Christmas toy department at Sears and the Victoria Little League concession stand. When Daddy started Area Plumbing Co, she was right by his side. Upon retiring, they would spend summers working in Yellowstone National Park and winters working in Death Valley. They settled down for good on Powderhorn Lake at Indianola, which was their Heaven on Earth, until they were forced to move back to Victoria due to medical reasons. Mom’s favorite hobby was crocheting. In recent years, she would crochet hats and donate them to Hospice. Our family will cherish the wonderful memories of the bbq’s, fish frys, chili cookoffs, vacations, Texas Holdem, dominoes and of course Christmas Eve will never be the same. This was mom’s holiday and you didn’t make any other plans. Family meant everything to her. She was looking forward to this year’s Family Reunion but could not quite hold on. She will be missed by her children, Melva Jean Pfeffer, Gale & Louis Worsham, Richard & Lea Fossati, Nancy & Rick Borden, Michael Fossati, and Joel Fossati, 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren and an extended loving family. Welcoming her into our Lord’s presence are her husband; parents; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry & John Mundy; sister & brother-in-law, Grace & Fred Barry; baby brother, Edward Schrader and many many friends and family members. A rosary and funeral mass will begin at 1:30pm on Friday, July 31st at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Melvera’s grandsons will escort her to her final resting place. Memorial donations may be made to The Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory TV Mass Ministry, 1309 E Mesquite Lane, Victoria, TX 77901. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com.


  • Frank Anthony Fossati, Husband (deceased)
  • Herman Schrader, Father (deceased)
  • Lydia Jank Schrader, Mother (deceased)
  • Melva Jean Pfeffer, Daughter
  • Sherry & John Mundy, Daughter & Son-in-Law (deceased)
  • Gale Worsham (Louis), Daughter & Son-in-Law
  • Richard Fossati (Lea), Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Nancy Borden (Rick), Daughter & Son-in-Law
  • Michael Fossati, Son
  • Joel Fossati, Son
  • Grace & Fred Barry, Sister and Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Edward Schrader, Brother (deceased)
  • Mrs. Fossati also leaves behind 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren an and extended loving family to cherish her memory.

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  • The Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory TV Mass Ministry


  • Rosary

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, July 31, 2020


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Laura Barry Beauchamp

August 3, 2020

Christmas morning at my house was electric waking up to mini bikes, motorcycles, and tape recorders. But then the fun really began with our 2 hour drive to Victoria. We walked in and Wuwa would light up and hug each one of us while Potts would smile big at my Dad and say Hello Brother. Then the living room conversations with all the cousins and X and Annette and their kids, kitchen poker, cigars, and old fashions would kickoff. In the morning I would spin around in the swivel bar stools as Wuwa fixed whatever breakfast I wanted. Easter we would pick wild flowers and build nests for presents. Trips to Six Flags over Texas with the very fun Holiday Inn coke machine and Matamoros with the lengthy delay at the border are precious memories. Port O Connor house with the big fans and going cane pole fishing and crabbing was the best. Who can forgot the laundry basket of crabs turning over in the front yard that we kids did? Our parents laughed hard at that. The parties they had at the bay and our fun San Marcos trip or wherever we were together were the most exciting. I miss Wuwa, Potts, and Sherry so much. I pray I will have fun with their guitar playing, singing, laughing, and passionate hugs on the other side.

Frank Carter

August 1, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the family. Having been a classmate of Richard at St. Joe in the '60's, I remember Mrs. Fossati being a good mother and a kind person.

Frank and Bonnie Carter
Boerne, Texas

Mike Fossati

August 1, 2020

There are so many memories that I cherished with mom. One of the best times was when they were still living in Indianola and after fishing in the morning, I would go and have coffee with mom and dad. We always had good talks and they were priceless times I will never forget. Mom was one of the biggest high school football fans and she was always there cheering our team on. I will never forget the hug she gave me after we won the State Championship! My mom was the greatest!


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